Album Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars’ “Lenses Alien”

Lenses Alien

New York band Cymbals Eat Guitars began to build up its buzz around the time of the release of their first album, 2009’s solid Why There Are Mountains. They toured heavily to support the album including an unbelievably high-energy sweat-drenched set opening for The Thermals at Madison’s very own Annex. Then in 2011, they announced they’d finally signed to Barsuk Records and were poised to release their sophomore effort, Lenses Alien, which expands and improves upon virtually every aspect of the band’s already impressive arsenal. That fact is made immediately and abundantly clear on the album’s first track, the wonderful eight and a half minute “Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name).”

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Live Concert Photos: Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars live concert photos Madison Wi High Noon Saloon

The Staten Island-based indie foursome Cymbals Eat Guitars crashed into Madison on Thursday, October 20 for a performance at the High Noon Saloon.  Photographer Matt Apps was there staking out the band through his lens, and has graciously allowed us to share the results with you!

Enjoy his photos after the jump…

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Cymbals Eat Guitars Crashes Into Madison Tomorrow Night!

Cymbals Eat Guitars

When Lou Reed was asked why The Velvet Underground used minimal percussion in their mixes, he stated it was because “cymbals eat guitars.” This is the quote that produced the band name for four young Staten Island boys who will be playing the High Noon Saloon this Thursday, October 20 (tickets here).

With a dynamic sound ranging from an aural assault of noise to quiet, subdued space jams and messy slacker rockers, the band’s show is certain to please lovers of all kinds of 90s indie rock.

Entering the scene with a bang, their debut album Why There Are Mountains shot the boys into the independent music spotlight and led to performances with everyone from Dinosaur Jr. to the Flaming Lips as well as a lap around Europe. The album was self-produced and distributed by the band members themselves.  Their DIY efforts ended up paying off big time. The critics ate it up, and the band became indie darlings seemingly overnight with a Best New Music nod from Pitchfork and a chipper endorsement from the AV Club.

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Album Review: “Personal Life” by The Thermals

The Thermals Personal Life

In 2006, The Thermals became everyone’s favorite powerpunk band with their blistering masterpiece The Body, The Blood, The Machine.  It only seemed like the next logical step after the exciting lo-fi of  More Parts Per Million, and the revved-up angst of  Fuckin’ A.

However, it’s the aftermath of The Body, The Blood, The Machine that’s a little more interesting. What do you do after you release a universally acclaimed masterpiece that catapults you from cult status to indie darling? Do you fold under pressure, try to expand upon your success with a recreation, or roll the dice and try to subtly evolve from that point? The Thermals chose the latter of the three, following that up with 2009’s powerpop gem Now We Can See which saw the band toning down their anger, expanding their songs (in both structure and length) and getting really poppy—which brings us to Personal Life, released last month.

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Just Announced Madison Concerts: The Thermals

Saturday, October 2

THE THERMALS with special guests Cymbals Eat Guitars

The Thermals

The Annex, 9:30pm

$12 adv $14 dos, 18+

Tickets available on our Music Calendar soon!

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